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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Digital cameras at Office Depot (July 13 to 19)

A page full of digital cameras is what we see in this week's circular ad from Office Depot, which shall be known as "ODP" from now on in this post!

The prices start at $160 with the Casio EX-Z80, an affordable yet stylish entry-level 3x optical zoom camera for the technologically stylish people. For an extra $20, you can get the Sony W120 but keep in mind that the Sony needs to be fed MemorySticks which cost 1.5x to 2x more than the SD/MMC memory cards that most of the other digital camera manufacturers use in their compact digital cameras. Look for prices and availability in the ODP box below!

















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The next step up from Sony is the Cybershot W150 which goes for $220 and has a 5x optical zoom lens (not wide angle though), along with a 2.7" LCD. Meanwhile Kodak has an answer with the Easyshare M1033 going for $180 and competing with everybody else's LiIon-based compacts. At least on paper :)

If you are on a tight budget, fear not, Kodak is here to save the day with a bundle for $115 that includes the Easyshare C813 (8mp, 3x optical zoom, AA, SD/MMC), a 1gb Ativa SD card, a Kodak camera case and some software no one really cares about :)

Trendy Canon fans willing to spend $220 can get their choice of color in the popular SD 1100 IS, a modestly cutesy little Elph digicam, while brave superzoom fans can take a chance on the Sony H10 at $260. The H10, which is Sony's 2nd generation "fun zoom" did not get very good reviews, so be sure to check them out, to see what the reviewers took issue with, and whether those are issues that might affect you, or things that you don't really care about.


Memory Cards and friends
What is bound to sell out real fast at ODP this week are the $6 USB memory card readers. They combine the convenience of a portable stick drive and the ability to read/save your files on a memory card. No rebates, so expect them to fly off the shelves.

Also flying, they may do, the memory cards on sale they are. Bad Yoda? Probably yes! A 2gb Sandisk SD card is yours for $15, while Ativa, the house-brand of ODP, offers a 4gb SDHC card for $20, which is as you can see, a nice $5 per gigabyte which is a good price for brick and mortar.

Meanwhile a 2gb Sandisk CF card goes for $25, which is about the standard sale price of a Sandisk 4gb SDHC card. Ouch on the double-up! And a 2gb Sandisk MemoryStick Pro Duo II costs even more, $30! Ouch!

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